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January 25, 2011


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Emory Eye Center to Host 25th Southeastern Vitreoretinal Seminar (SEVR)


(ATLANTA) Emory Eye Center will host the 25th Southeastern Vitreoretinal Seminar (SEVR) at the Eye Center’s Calhoun Auditorium within the Learning Resources Center in The Emory Clinic, Building B. The meeting will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 11, and from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 12. The annual seminar addresses issues of the retina and treatments for its various disorders.

The retina is the light-sensitive layer of tissue that lines the inside of the eye and sends visual messages through the optic nerve to the brain. Disorders and diseases of the retina include age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachments, macular holes and puckers, and retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), among others.

G. Baker Hubbard, III, MD, Thomas M. Aaberg Professor of Ophthalmology and director of clinical retina at Emory Eye Center, will host the seminar. Dr. Hubbard’s primary research interest is in characterizing the clinical manifestations of pediatric retinal disorders and their treatment outcomes. He also has been the institutional principal investigator for national clinical trials on emerging therapies for adult retinal disorders, such as diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration.

The opening event is the Paul Sternberg Jr. lecture, presented by James C. Folk, MD, the Judith and Donald H. Beisner, MD, Professor of Vitreoretinal Diseases and Surgery at the University of Iowa. His topic is “Genotype-Phenotype Correlations in AMD—Implications for Pathogenesis.”

“SEVR has become one of our favorite events at Emory Eye Center,” says Dr. Hubbard. “Most of the meeting content is provided by the meeting attendees, who come from all over the Southeast. These retina specialists bring extraordinary cases for presentation and interesting observations that generate informative discussion and debate in a collegial environment,” he says. “It is a great opportunity to catch up with other retina specialists in our region and also see some great cases.”

“We are pleased to announce the 25th anniversary of the SEVR meeting,” says Timothy W. Olsen, director of Emory Eye Center. “Our keynote speaker, Dr. James Folk, is an internationally recognized leader in the diagnosis and management of complex retinal disorders. In addition to delivering the annual Sternberg lecture, he will serve as the lead discussant throughout the case presentations,” he says. “The symposium is an opportunity for all of our Emory retina alumni to re-connect. Most importantly, we will certainly continue the ‘Southern hospitality’ tradition to all our regional and national colleagues who are interested in discussing any topics around vitreoretinal disease.”

Emory Eye Center’s retina service has offered the seminar to local and regional ophthalmologists for the past two-and- a-half decades. Emory’s retina faculty continue to be cutting-edge specialists, treating multiple disorders that involve the back of the eye. Their pioneering retinal research, innovative new drug treatments, macular translocation surgery and new laser treatments, may revolutionize the treatment of macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in individuals over age 60. Emory Eye Center’s retina service faculty include: Chris Bergstrom, MD, OD: Blaine Cribbs, MD; G. Baker Hubbard III, MD; Timothy W. Olsen, MD; Jiong Yan, MD; and Steven Yeh, MD.

Techniques and instruments developed by Eye Center retina surgeons for surgery on the retina and vitreous, the jelly-like substance that fills the eye, are used by ophthalmic surgeons from throughout the world.

The SEVR meeting will provide a forum for dissemination of knowledge in retinal treatments and research. The meeting has been a forum to meet and share information in an open, intellectually demanding and collaborative environment.

CME credit (10 credits) is offered for SEVR. Tuition includes all conference expenses, continental breakfast Friday and Saturday, lunch on Friday; dinner for attendees and their guests, and CME credits.

For registration information, go to www.eyecenter.emory.edu/sevr

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